Plans to build a 68-bed care home at the heart of a business park in South Oxfordshire has been criticised by health bosses over staffing concerns.

The proposals would see a purpose-built dementia and respite care home on the site of DAF Trucks in Kingsmead Business Park, near Thame.

But Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, the board of county GPs that commissions all health services in Oxfordshire, said it would put extra pressure on 'already stretched' primary care services in the area.

It was concerned about attracting workers.

It said: "We would welcome the opportunity to discuss these plans in more detail with the developer.

"Perhaps you would be able to confirm if 'key worker' accommodation is included in this potential build as evidence suggests recruiting health care workers is increasingly more difficult due to low unemployment and the high cost of living in this area."

South Oxfordshire District Council's economic development manager Melania Smans shared those concerns - she said while it was good the care home could create 70 new jobs for the area, filling those roles could prove difficult.

She said: "New job creation will positively contribute to the local economy.

"However, businesses report difficulties recruiting and retaining skilled staff."

She called for a community employment plan to make people aware of the roles and provide training opportunities.

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